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XboxGamers
08-09-2002, 01:36 PM
August 08, 2002 - Though Microsoft isn't ready to drop the fat Halo 2 trailer on the general public, we have witnessed said masterful trailer. Is it sick torture for us to talk about the trailer we've seen that you so desperately want? Probably. Will we sleep better at night knowing you're now in dire need of this trailer? Definitely.

As the trailer begins, you see Master Chief walking through a giant ship in all his self-shadowing glory. The trailer is in-game footage, meaning that those shadows Master Chief projects on himself are going to be seen in every frame of gameplay. If you thought the textures in Halo couldn't be outdone, you were wrong. The strongest improvement is the lighting, which seems more dynamic and dramatic.

Master Chief's visor appears to have real-time reflections and every detail of his armor seems more realistic. Rather than looking clean like many CG effects in movies, Master Chief looks like he's seen some action, as we know he has.

As the trailer progresses, Master Chief is preparing to leave the ship, obviously determined to kick someone's posterior. Sure, we knew Master Chief was going to kick some butt in Halo 2, but the surprise was in finding out just where this butt-kicking would take place. Staring out the ship's massive window, Master Chief watches the Earth being ravaged. As Earth and its moon come into view, massive nuclear-scale explosions can be seen erupting on the planet's surface. It's clear Earth is under siege. Master Chief heads to the flight deck, but there are no ships in sight for him to enter. Instead he braces himself behind a wall and opens the docking bay. After a moment's pause he jumps out of the ship and freefalls. He quickly descends onto a Covenant ship, one of several hovering over the planet.

Again the lighting seems the most dominant improvement. The visuals are crisp and of FMV-quality, but again it is all in-game footage. Earth is beautiful from afar, even as it is ripped apart by invaders and the Covenant ship Master Chief descends on is almost luminescent.

Scheduled for a holiday 2003 release, Halo 2 is going to kick ass and take names. Featuring online play, gorgeous graphics, more than double the number of vehicles, and earth under siege, Halo 2 will likely ruin several pairs of underwear. The trailer itself ruined many a pair when it was premiered at Microsoft's X02 event. Every other game is just precursor to this release and Christmas 2003 can't come soon enough. Neither can a fresh pair of underoos.

Dre
08-09-2002, 02:22 PM
Ah man thats cruel!!! I want to see it now!!!! Why won't they release it damn it! hehehe...

Seriously though, that description made me drool, pěss in my pants.. whatever, you name it! Halo 2 sounds like its going to be even better than Halo.. can't wait!!!!!!!

symposiumx
08-09-2002, 02:30 PM
just thinking about Halo2 makes me want to play with my very own lil "master chief"

I'm so happy to hear it official !! :)

hook-worm J
08-09-2002, 02:39 PM
lol symposiumx!

That sounds so awesome, I cant wait for this game! Hopefully the trailer is downloadable and not streamed.

DrUnKtAnK
08-09-2002, 02:45 PM
Originally posted by hook-worm J
lol symposiumx!

That sounds so awesome, I cant wait for this game! Hopefully the trailer is downloadable and not streamed.

Even if it's streamed you can still find a shareware program that let's you download the actual stream....I'll see if I can find that program.......

UPDATE: http://www.netfor2.com/copy9.html
WMRecorder (WMR32) allows you to record Windows Media™ stream video and audio clips from the Internet and save them to your hard drive or CD. Recording can be done in several ways. In Browse Mode you can record media clips while browsing the Net. The program detects the beginning, the end and names of different media such that multiple clips can be recorded in a row without exiting recording. In URL mode you can download media files from their Internet locations. You can also use the Media Player to play and record media stream files. WMR32 supports HTTP and TCP Windows Media™ Player video and audio streams.
http://www.netfor2.com/copy9.html

Radar
08-09-2002, 02:52 PM
Yes, but any streamed image is crap even downloaded. I want a super high quality 100+megabyte download so I can really be impressed!

DrUnKtAnK
08-09-2002, 02:56 PM
Originally posted by Radar
Yes, but any streamed image is crap even downloaded. I want a super high quality 100+megabyte download so I can really be impressed!

It all depends were you get the stream from, etc. ;)

During E3 I recorded the whole XBOX press show before E3, damn it was about 450 mb

Casper
08-09-2002, 03:02 PM
Ya know, it's nice that they care, but they make it sound like some "Dear Penthouse" letter...man, screw the fantasy of what the trailer looks like, just show the dam thing :(

Integra Man
08-11-2002, 02:23 AM
halo is gonna be such a great ass game. like the first one was simply amazing i dunno how else i can put it

FuNkY mOnK
08-11-2002, 08:58 AM
Here's some shots from Halo2.
http://www.xbox365.com/images2/halo2/halo2_2.jpg
http://www.xbox365.com/images2/halo2/halo2_3.jpg
http://www.xbox365.com/images2/halo2/halo2_4.jpg
http://www.xbox365.com/images2/halo2/halo2_5.jpg
http://www.xbox365.com/images2/halo2/halo2_6.jpg
http://www.xbox365.com/images2/halo2/halo2_7.jpg
http://www.xbox365.com/images2/halo2/halo2_8.jpg

Xbox Owner
08-11-2002, 09:56 AM
Yep..i think everyone saw those..thanks for refreshing my mind, though..:)

Tkf5000
08-11-2002, 10:04 AM
i cant wait til this game comes out. yestersday once i saw the screens i liked them so much i made one of the desktop pictures my desktop and made a screensaver with all the halo 2 screens so i can see them every day. i cant wait til they release the trailer. and tnx for the article. i wanted to see the article but i dont pay for igninsider.

wweomaniac
08-11-2002, 10:24 AM
damn!!!!!! shadows!!! at last!!!

Tkf5000
08-11-2002, 10:28 AM
Originally posted by wweomaniac
damn!!!!!! shadows!!! at last!!!
lol i never noticed halo never had shadows. its a major problem but with such a great game i never noticed. super nintendo games even had shadows. o well nothings perfect......
except halo 2.

Whisper
08-11-2002, 10:54 AM
holy god dam **** **** that ****ing scared me what the ****

i never noticed halo didnt have shadows

Tkf5000
08-11-2002, 03:15 PM
Originally posted by wwfraven2k
holy god dam **** **** that ****ing scared me what the ****

i never noticed halo didnt have shadows
big shock to me too lol. thats kinda weird one of the greatest, if not the best fps of all time doesnt have shadows. and whats up with all these avril lavinge sigs?